FTC approves $22.5 million fine in Google privacy case

The search engine used specialized computer code to bypass privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser and track users’ online activity

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will levy a $22.5 million fine against Google Inc. to settle allegations that the search giant bypassed privacy settings on Apple Inc.’s Safari browser, according to Reuters.

The FTC reportedly voted to approve a consent decree, allowing Google to settle the six-month investigation without admitting liability. The agency’s inquiry dates back to February, when a Wall Street Journal report revealed that Google had used a computer code in its online ads to exploit a loophole in Safari’s privacy settings.

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